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Novena for Padre Pio starts today September 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, priests, religious, Saints.
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 Thanks to my Novena helper! 

Novena to St. Padre Pio – feast is Sept. 23

Start Today! 

Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence and intense devotion in the celebration of Mass, he invited countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech Thee to grant me the grace of (mention your intentions here). Amen.

Recite three Glorias.


Litany of St. Padre Pio


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Virgin Immaculate, pray for us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Beloved of God, pray for us.
Imitator of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Good shepherd of the people, pray for us.
Model for priests, pray for us.
Light of the Church, pray for us.
Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Faithful son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Marked with the stigmata of Jesus, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Helper of the dying, pray for us.
Director of souls, pray for us.
Heart of gold, pray for us.
Apostle of mercy, pray for us.
Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
Lover of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Helper of souls in doubt and darkness, pray for us.
Comforter of the sick, pray for us.
Example of humility, pray for us.
Source of wisdom, pray for us.
Mirror of the divine life, pray for us.
Lover of Jesus Crucified,
Resigned to the will of God, pray for us.
Doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice, pray for us.
Our help and hope in all our needs, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Leading us to Christ, pray for us.
Our spiritual father and advocate, pray for us.
Crowned with glory in Heaven, pray for us.

God our Father,  You helped St. Pio to reflect the
image of Christ through a life of charity and self-sacrifice.
May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and by imitating his selfless love.


Bishop bans Spokane priests, seminarians from participating in 40 Days for Life September 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals, sickness, Society.
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This is just a dumb decision.  I don’t know why the still fairly new Bishop of Spokane, who inherited a Diocese still reeling from abuse scandals and payouts, would make such a bonehead decision, deliberately disaffecting some of his most diehard lay persons (and, likely, clergy).  40 Days for Life is completely peaceful, it is not extreme.  I’ve never heard of 40 Days for Life using extreme rhetoric, and know of essentially no cases of any graphic imagery being used.  This doesn’t make any sense:

Bishop Cupich has informed all of his priests and seminarians that they cannot:
– pray outside of Planned Parenthood
– promote or organize peaceful protest outside Planned Parenthood in their parishes (naming 40 Days for Life specifically)
– or allow pro-life material to be distributed in their parishes unless it is published by the Washington State Conference of Catholic Bishops or the USCCB–who, ironically, support 40 DFL.

Eponymous Flower reports that this Bishop Cupich also discontinued Eucharistic Adoration on a Diocese-wide basis at some point in the past.  I haven’t seen that anywhere else, but it sadly would not be shocking.

Now, perhaps this is all a misunderstanding.  If it is not, it raises serious concerns about those who are being nominated to bishoprics. 

40 Days for Life is a wildly successful pro-life campaign, a true grass roots effort started several years ago in College Station that has gone nation wide.  Hundreds, if not thousands, of babies are saved every year by 40 Days for Life.  I can think of no good reason why one would be opposed to this group, which is endorsed by Dioceses across the nation as well as the USCCB (which is perhaps not a great endorsement, but speaks to how moderate 40 Days for Life has been).

The Wonders of the Mass September 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, sadness, scandals.
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From the very nifty little Tan Books booklet, The Wonders of the Mass that I picked up for free!  Many of these little Tan booklets are very helpful and informative.  They are economical, in that they tend to convey a good amount of information without much time commitment in reading. A sample:

The Saints never spoke so eloquently as when they speak of the Mass.  They can never say enough on this sublime subject, for St. Bonaventure says that the wonders of the Mass are as many as there are stars in the heavens and grains of sand on the seashores of the world.

The graces, blessings, and favors granted to those who assist at this Divine Sacrifice are beyond all comprehension. The Mass is the greatest wonder in the world. There is nothing on earth equal to it, and there is nothign in Heaven greater than it.

The next greatest wonder is the indifference and ignorance of Catholics regarding Holy Mass. How is it that so many Catholics do not go to Mass?

The Great Sacrifice of Calvary is offered near to their homes, almost at their very doors, and they are too slothful to assist at it.

The Sacrifice of Calvary?  Yes, for the Mass is really and truly the very same Sacrifice, re-presented at every Mass.

Why do not mothers, why do not catechists, why do not teachers instill into hte minds and hearts of those in their charge the wonders of the Mass? Priests are bound by the Council of Trent to do so.

Protestants [and others] may well ask those Catholics who neglect assisting at Mass if they do really believe that God [in the form of Jesus] is really present on the altar as He was on Calvary?  If they do believe, why do they not assist at Mass?

St. Augustine tells us that pagans and Gentiles of his time asked tepid and indifferent Christians with bitter irony if they sincerely believed that the God of all Mercy and Goodness descended on their altars?  You Christians, they continued, accuse us of adoring false gods and we honor them; whereas, you despise Him whom you call the True God!

No intelligent, no enlightened Christian would fail to hear Mass if he only knew what it was.

One final time, the receiving from lay persons issue September 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, sadness.
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Offline, there has been much sturm and drang regarding the issue of receiving, or not, the Blessed Sacrament from lay persons.  Just for the record – NO ONE I know questions whether the Blessed Sacrament is still the Blessed Sacrament no matter whom it is received from.  There is no question of that.  I, along with everyone I know, recognizes that a properly consecrated Host and Chalice remains properly consecrated, that is, retains the Real Presence Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, no matter who provides the Sacrament to the lay person. 

But that is also immaterial.  I, and others, feel very strongly that reception from a lay person is a practice we neither wish to support nor participate in.  No offense to the lay people involved, I know many and I’m sure they are far more advanced on the path of sanctification than I am, but knowing the history of the practice (lay distribution of Communion), how it got started, and how it was always intended by the Vatican to be used only in extremis, I choose not to support that practice.  I’d rather not receive than receive from a lay person, and I pray that as time goes forward we will return to the time-honored practice from Tradition of having only priests and deacons distribute the Blessed Sacrament.  For most of the history of the Church, it was considered the gravest sacrilege for a lay person to handle the Host with their hands.  There were very good reasons for this.  I support those reasons.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EHMCs) were always intended to be used only for EXtraordinary situations where there was such a huge throng of the faithful that distribution of Communion would take a very long time – half an hour or more, perhaps.  They were never intended, by the Vatican/Pope Paul VT/Blessed JPII/Benedict XVI at every single Mass.  I don’t wish to support this practice. 

I, and those others, who feel the way we do, certainly are not alone.  There are many very well informed, well intentioned Catholics who have come to the same conclusion.  I don’t judge that you receive in the hand or if you are an EHMC – I may try to use some logical argument to perhaps change your opinion, but if that’s not where the Spirit is taking you then OK.  If you love being an EHMC or receiving from a lay person, that’s your judgment, but I can’t.  I won’t.

Sorry it’s been such a big issue, with so much confusion as to motives.  The motives are exactly those outlined above, and no more. 

Deo Gratias!

Fourth trimester abortion September 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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A Canadian judge is all down with it – because, we, as a culture, naturally emphathize with a mother who has an ‘unwanted’ pregnancy, and understand why she would strangle her own child:

From the Court of Queen’s Bench (the appellate court) in Alberta:

The Wetaskiwin, Alta., woman convicted of infanticide for killing her newborn son, was given a three-year suspended sentence Friday by an Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench judge.

Katrina Effert was 19 on April 13, 2005, when she secretly gave birth in her parents’ home, strangled the baby boy with her underwear and threw the body over a fence into a neighbour’s yard…

Effert will have to abide by conditions for the next three years but she won’t spend time behind bars for strangling her newborn son.

Indeed. As Judge Joanne Veit puts it:

“While many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childbirth exact from mothers, especially mothers without support,” [so, ‘onerous demands’ now justify murder] she writes… “Naturally, Canadians are grieved by an infant’s death, especially at the hands of the infant’s mother, but Canadians also grieve for the mother.” [apparently, this judge ‘grieves’ a little more for the mother than for the dead child, to the extent that she just signaled that murdering your own child after birth will result in little or no legal sanction]

Gotcha. So a superior court judge in a relatively civilized jurisdiction is happy to extend the principles underlying legalized abortion in order to mitigate the killing of a legal person — that’s to say, someone who has managed to make it to the post-fetus stage. How long do those mitigating factors apply? I mean, “onerous demands”-wise, the first month of a newborn’s life is no picnic for the mother. How about six months in? The terrible twos? [There is a growing segment of the pro-abort crowd that seeks to justify ‘post-birth abortion,’ heretofore known the world over as murder.  Essentially, a mother always has an inherent right to murder her own child, according to these people]

Speaking of “onerous demands,” suppose you’re a “mother without support” who’s also got an elderly relative around with an “onerous” chronic condition also making inroads into your time?

And in what sense was Miss Effert a “mother without support”? She lived at home with her parents, who provided her with food and shelter. How smoothly the slick euphemisms — “accept and sympathize . . . onerous demands” — lubricate the slippery slope.

We are becoming so much more and more like the evil disciples of moloch, the horrible child sacrifice religion of the Canannites, Phoenicians, and Carthegenians.  Who wants to be ‘of’ this world, or even in it, frankly?  If I didn’t have to be, I wouldn’t be.